Episode 56 – Blue Planet: Recontact

Recently, game designer Jeff Barber, creator of Blue Plant and Upwind, stopped by to discuss his latest project currently Kickstarting, Blue Planet: Recontact.  During this interview Jeff talks about changes to the Blue Planet world and system, as well as the current Kickstarter campaign.

Blue Planet: Recontact’s Kickstarter campaign is currently underway.  

The Blue Planet: Recontact free quickstart guide is available on DriveThru.

Actual Play – Blue Planet: Recontact – A Day at the Beach

The crew of Red Sky Charters have recently been hired by Biogene executive Everett Whitegate III to lead him and his team on a weeklong survival/team building retreat in the outback of Poseidon. A thousand klicks away from civilization, everything appeared to be going fine, that is until the sabotage began.

Adam – Drew Latamir – Ex-Geo Pilot turned Poseidon pilot.

Brownie – Digger Jones – Mechanic, local guide

Chris – Maggie Merriweather – Geo Warden, Sylva hybrid

Joe – Phillip Sanchez – Local Guide, Insurgent Sympathizer

Blue Planet: Recontact’s Kickstarter campaign is currently underway.   We had a blast playing this and you will too.

The Blue Planet: Recontact free quickstart guide is available on DriveThru.

Episode 54 – Adding Nostalgia Into Your Games

Ahh our old logo….

It looks like we finally made it to 2021. While we are certainly hoping for a brighter future, we can’t help but be a tad bit nostalgic about distant past of our childhoods. In this episode, Adam, Chris, Crazon, David, and Ian discuss how to bring nostalgia into your games.

Talking Points: Nostalgia, Monsters and Other Childish Things, Little Fears, Kids on Bikes

Music: Unconscious by selfpity 

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine PT 3

In this climatic finale to our first arc, the Kids must contend with Peter and his shadowy “friends”.  How will Oskar and Olaf face off against these terrifying entities and will the others be able to keep themselves out of trouble enough to help them? Only one way to find out!

Adam – Aiden – Computer Geek.

Chris –   Oscar –Weirdo. Aiden’s first cousin.

Ethan – Kip – Tech savvy hick.

Patrick – Olaf – Jock. Swedish exchange student

Vince – Zelda – Rocker and dreamer

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine Pt. 2

Note:  As you may have noticed, the game I posted last month and the copy text didn’t match.  This series of games was a continuation of an early Loops game that I meant to post.  Since it is too late to fix that, I’ll make the original game a prequel.   – Adam

Our crack team of bumbling misfits has found a possible suspect for the strange happenings around town. Peter, a school dropout, has set himself up at a local store known as the Dream Shop.  In order to get to the bottom of this mystery, the kids come up with a plan to sneak into shop and figure out if Peter’s behind everything. Hilarity ensues

Adam – Aiden – Computer Geek.

Chris –   Oscar –Weirdo. Aiden’s first cousin.

Ethan – Kip – Tech savvy hick.

Patrick – Olaf – Jock. Swedish exchange student

Vince – Zelda – Rocker and dreamer

David – Frankie – Troublemaker with a heart of gold

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine Ep 1

Edit: Sorry, the wrong episode copy was attached to this episode. Everything has since been updated.

In a 1987 that never was, strange things are happening in Boulder City, home to the US Loop. Odd dreams plaguing students and adults, strange power outages, and a unique new pen pal all crop up as a group of kids try to survive school long enough to make it to Summer Break. Will they have what it takes in order to solve the mystery without getting grounded? Probably not, but hey, that’s part of the fun!

Adam – Aiden – Computer wiz

Chris –   Oscar – Rebel, Aiden’s first cousin

Patrick – Olaf – Swedish exchange student

Vince – Zelda – Musician and dreamer

David – Frankie – Troublemaker with a heart of gold

Actual Play- Apocalypse West – Gold Rush

A chance encounter with a wealthy miner sets a group of adventurers off to make their own fortunes. However, while riches await them, they must first make it there.

Birk – Hoarse Osborne – The Homesteader

Vince – Bones – The Lone Rider

Crazon – Damian Devens – The Junker

Chris – Billy Dodge – The Gambler

We ran this game using the Powered by the Apocalypse hack, Apocalypse West.

Actual Play – Dungeons & Dragons – The Great Fenrith Bake Off

The great Fenrith bakeoff occurs every year during the town’s summer festival and showcases the talents of some of the area’s best bakers. As a party of adventurers enter the town on the eve of the competition, they soon learn that all is not right in small town of Fenrith.

Nick – DM

Adam – Ayas Yindove II, Elven Cleric of the Trickery Domain

Chris – Welgrace High-Hill, Halfing Rogue

Ethan – Wilhelm, Warforged Cleric of the Forge

Ian – Damakos “Leaf, Tiefling Druid

Actual Play – The Magnus Archives – Vestibule and Big Sky

Note: The audio quality is a bit rough on this recording. Also, if you enjoyed the scenario you can find it here.

Statements from the Usher Foundation, an offshoot of their British analogue, the Magnus Archives. Statements recorded:  

Case # 113237- Statement of Madeline Tyne, concerning a surgical procedure and an impossible labyrinth. Statement given June 27th, 1997. Statement recorded by Christopher Vandermeer, archival assistant Many thanks to Dr. Jim Naples from Beth Israel deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Center, for his input and access to some of his articles.  

Case # 930822 Statement of Michael Staine, concerning a road trip and a long road. Statement given January 9. Statement taken by Patrick Ligotti, Archivist .

Special thanks to Dr. Jim Naples for his medical advice on vestibular surgery.

Chris – Christopher Vandermeer & Michael Staine

Patrick – Madeline Tyne & Patrick Ligotti

Actual Play- Spire- The Network

Trigger warning: Spire deals with themes of racial inequality and fighting against social injustice.

Brother Knife’s identity has been revealed to authorities. Already, he has been arrested and executed. Since no one else from the crew has been picked up, it is safe to assume that Brother Knife didn’t break. Given the nature of their work, the crew has reason to believe that it was a fellow drow that revealed their companion’s identity. Loose ends have got to get tied up one way or another.

GM – Patrick

Adam – Opel – Bound 

Chris – Pander – Firebrand

Ethan – Naro – Midwife

Vince – Scythe – Masked